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Memorials & Moonlight

See the National Mall at night with the memorials lit up is one of the most popular ways to visit the memorials. We offer a day time tour as well but this version of our popular National Mall tour runs as the sun is setting on the National Mall as a great option for something […]

See the National Mall at night with the memorials lit up is one of the most popular ways to visit the memorials.

We offer a day time tour as well but this version of our popular National Mall tour runs as the sun is setting on the National Mall as a great option for something to do in DC after the museums close.

On our 2 hour Memorials and Moonlight tour, you'll join our engaging guide to learn about the history as well as the best photo ops:

Sites we see on the National Mall nighttime tour:

  • Lockkeeper's House
  • WWII Memorial
  • Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial
  • Tidal Basin & Jefferson Memorial from afar
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • (we mention the Vietnam Veterans Memorial but do not see it up close as it is meant to be viewed during the day)
DC by FootExcellentDC by Foot5.0 Based on 679 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onSandra P.Sandra P. ★★★★★ We are so glad that we booked a moonlight in the memorials walking tour with Dan. We are impressed with his knowledge of dc history. We will definitely come back for walking tours with dc by foot.Kaylie C.Kaylie C. ★★★★★ I was very lucky to attend one of the capital/library of congress tours and the moonlight tour through my university’s trip to D.C. I could not recommend these tours enough! Our tour guide, Dan, was extremely knowledgeable and had the most uplifting personality. My partner and I asked Dan a lot of completely random questions about the monuments and he always responded with the best answers and most thorough explanations. His knowledge of the monuments and the D.C area paired with his kindness and bubbly personality made our trip 100x better. We also learned that the company he works for offers Washington D.C ghost tours, which means we will definitely be back soon!Alissa Gibson S.Alissa Gibson S. ★★★★★ I can not recommend DC tours by foot enough….we loved our Monuments by Moonlight tour guide Katherine. The booking process and communication with the tour guide was easy and convenient. The monuments are just breathtaking at night and we loved learning about all the symbolism in their designs. Katherine made the tour fun and interesting, she was great with my 12 year old and the other families in our group. My 12 year old son dug $5 out of his own wallet to add to what we were paying at the end of the tour. And that says a lot about our guide!!Hannes Gaudian (.Hannes Gaudian (. ★★★★★ Wir hatten eine tolle Moonlight & Memorials Tour mit Becca. Mit Witz und unglaublichen Wissen verging die Zeit leider wie im Flug!Shelby L.Shelby L. ★★★★★ These tours are always so wonderful, and our recent one was no exceptions. Monuments by Moonlight was a wonderful experience. The views of the monuments at night were breathtaking and our guide Dan was so knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming, and enthusiastic. 10/10 recommend these tours!!!chris S.chris S. ★★★★★ Did two tours with DC by Foot last week, Moonlight and Memorials, and Arlington Cemetery, and have to say, we couldn't be more impressed. Both the tour leaders, Hannah and Maureen, were excellent, with a wealth of knowledge delivered in an entertaining and engaging way. The tours were well paced and organized, and I have already recommended DC by foot to friends who are planning a trip to Washington next month. Don't risk going with anyone else, just book with these guys and relax.Jim M.Jim M. ★★★★★ Moonlight and Memorials - Great tour by Rebecca who provided interesting backstories to each monument we visited and made our experience much more meaningful than if we would have just visited the monuments on our own. As the sun set, the memorials became more dramatic especially in full darkness. You'll see the WWII, MLK, WWI DC memorial, Korean War, and Lincoln Memorials. Highly recommended!MichalaMichala ★★★★★ The Moonlight & Memorials tour with Rebecca was great! We saw a number of key memorials / monuments and learnt about them from Rebecca’s amazing knowledge. The pace was great, not rushed and not too slow. I recommend this tour.Lucía G.Lucía G. ★★★★★ Rebecca was great! I recommend her and the tour. National mall under the moonlight is lovelyJackie W.Jackie W. ★★★★★ Cecilia was an excellent tour guide for the Memorials and Moonlight tour. She was very knowledgeable and had facts about everywhere we stopped. We'd been to DC many times before but we learned so much more from Cecilia than we ever did on our own. We had a whole new perspective seeing the monuments lit up at night. Highly recommend Cecelia and this tour!Lorna B.Lorna B. ★★★★★ we went on the 'monuments and moonlight' tour with Ingebord and it was great! we saw all the major monuments beautifully lit up - Washington, WWII, Martin Luther King, Jefferson (from afar) and finally of course Lincoln. just remember to bring bug spray if it's a warm night - the mosquitos were out in full force.Beth E.Beth E. ★★★★★ We did the moonlight and monument tour. It was fabulous. Lots of good photo opportunities Rebecca is great if you are going to DC check out there other tours. Sign up for there emails and check out there facebook group so much great informationSarah R.Sarah R. ★★★★★ We took the Monument & Moonlight tour on foot. Becca was the best tour guide! She spoke loud and was full of interesting information, excellent facts, and a lovely disposition. The tour hits key sites and also provided plenty of time to take photos as well. Highly recommend this tour group and especially Becca!Karin G.Karin G. ★★★★★ We joined Cecilia for the Moonlight & Memorials tour and it was great! Definitely made our top 3 experiences in DC. Cecilia was very interesting and engaging and we wished we could have seen all the sights with her. Seeing the memorials at night is definitely the way to go. We appreciated that there was also time provided to explore on our own at each stop.Karen R.Karen R. ★★★★★ We went on the Moonlight and Memorials tour with Becca and it was a highlight of our trip to DC! She was so knowledgeable and her passion for the area and the monuments was evident in every word she spoke. An extra bonus was that Becca spoke so clearly and enunciated her words so well that our exchange student from Spain easily understood her. For anyone who has trouble hearing or for who English isn't their first language, that's huge! I highly recommend this tour, especially with Becca as a guide!Lisa P.Lisa P. ★★★★★ We took 3 tours - Moonlight & Monuments, Historic Georgetown, Embassy Row International Intrigue & Millionaires. Ingebord was our tour guide for 2/3 tours and she was fantastic!!!! The Moonlight & Monuments Tour was really special!! Loved seeing the monuments lit up at night and we got to see a gorgeous sunset as a wonderful bonus!! We absolutely loved Historic Georgetown!!!! We highly recommend taking this tour, too!!! You’re going to want to read about some of the history first - there is so much information to digest!!! Great experiences on all of the tours!!!!js_loader

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Where: All versions of the National Mall tour meet at the same location! We meet at the corner of 17th and Constitution Ave NW by the Lock Keeper's House. (map)

Purchase a guaranteed parking spot in advance near the tour’s starting point with SpotHero

What Should I Bring?

  • Cash or Venmo to pay your guide (where other tours charge $20-30 a person, this tour is name your own price so you can choose what you thought the tour was worth)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A water bottle
  • Camera
  • Appropriate clothing / umbrella - tours are rain or shine!

What's Included

  • Professional Historian/Tour Guide
  • Recommendations for the best food, music and museums
  • Advice on must-do experiences

And much, much more

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